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‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Blasting scheduled in Erving this week

Monday, October 5, 2015

ERVING — Blasting will take place this week as Eversource continues work on its new Northfield-Erving Transmission Line Project. Eversource is doing this work to prepare the site of a new electric substation in Erving. The blasting is scheduled to begin today. This work will take about six weeks to complete, with detonations limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays during the mid-day hours. All … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Erving to vote on funds to fight pipeline tonight

Monday, October 5, 2015

ERVING — Erving will hold a special town meeting tonight to vote on funding legal and technical assistance related to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline as well as assistance hiring a new administrative coordinator. An item on the meeting agenda asks voters to appropriate $13,750 to fund and … 0

Lights! Camera! Scones! The Freight House’s Rita Dubay and her mixed berry treat to be featured on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’

Friday, October 2, 2015

ERVING — It started with a magazine article. Early Friday morning, Christopher Kimball, the host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” and his production crew rolled through the doors of Freight House Antiques in search of Rita Dubay and her … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

G-M schools to try ‘friendlier’ negotiations

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously decided to conduct interest-based bargaining (IBB) for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district workers during its meeting this week. The negotiations are expected to begin before Nov. 15. School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown said the decision was made to … 0

Lottery win brings Erving man $4.79M

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ERVING — Local man Clinton Smith of Prospect Street won $4.79 million from a lucky lottery ticket. Smith purchased the winning Massachusetts Megabucks Doubler ticket at the Food City Supermarket in Turners Falls. The store will receive a … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Letter: Boat ramp removal

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, the 17th of September, my old friend and I, both senior citizens, decided to take my 15-foot runabout boat for a ride up the river. So we went to the Gill boat ramp and to our surprise the dock at the ramp had already been removed. This … 0

New Union 28 superintendent is old hand at teaching

Friday, September 25, 2015

ERVING — After almost three decades in education, Jennifer Haggerty has begun her first school year in a building devoid of children. “It was my first time in 28 years that I had not been in a building … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0